Hilda celebrates turning 100 with friends in Bingham

Hilda Sykes celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday. Pictured with daughter Janet.
Hilda Sykes celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday. Pictured with daughter Janet.
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A BINGHAM woman celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday with her family and friends.

Hilda Sykes, of Harrison Court, said: “I’ve had a good time. It’s nice to see my family and friends.”

Hilda, who lived in Grantham in the 1950s, was born in Derby and has moved around a lot during her life.

She worked as a clerk for the railway before marrying Victor Smith and having three children; Janet, Rosemary and Patricia.

During the war she volunteered for the British Red Cross.

Patricia said: “Mum’s neighbours have put on a lovely birthday tea for her and we are having a family meal at Gunthorpe and hopefully a boat ride.”

Hilda was widowed in her 40s and devoted much of her time to her young children.

Patricia said: “She brought the three of us up and Rosemary was handicapped. She’s a fantastic mum, she’s made a lot of sacrifices for us. I’m really proud of her. The most important thing is to be a good example and she is.”

Later in her life Hilda married Arthur Sykes, they enjoyed walking and hiking together.

Hilda also liked cycling, art and paintings.

Patricia added: “The secret of a long life is fresh air, exercise and a good diet.”